Menu #1

hamburgers topped with bacon and avocado (you can sandwich it in between two lettuce leaves if you want) – Do not buy ready made burgers in a box!  Get some ground beef, add some spices and grill.  Some grocery stores sell ground beef already made into patties in the meat section.  Just make sure they haven’t added anything.

sweet potato fries – Slice a sweet potato into wedges leaving skin on.  Brush with coconut or olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, maybe some paprika or cayenne???  Bake at 425 until easily pierced with fork.  Really depends on how thick you slice your wedges, but maybe 20-25 minutes.  I usually cover my baking sheet with foil, but whatevs.

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crockpot roast – Do I really need to write or post a recipe?  Just put a beef roast in the crock pot, throw in some salt, pepper, onions and carrots and turn it on low! 

roasted cauliflower – Stop making a face!  I NEVER ate cauliflower before paleo unless it was raw and covered in ranch dressing.  Roasted cauliflower is now my favorite vegetable!  Cut into small florets and put in bowl.  Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil on top, sprinkle with salt, pepper and cumin and mix.  Roast or bake or whatever at 425 for around 20 minutes or until tips start turning brown.  Again, I cover my baking sheet in foil for easy clean up.

steamed broccoli – No, I’m not writing a recipe for this!

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crockpot buffalo drumsticks – This is one of my fave crockpot recipes.

4 lbs chicken drumsticks (or less if you don’t want that many) – I like skin on, hubby likes skin off, you pick.

1 cup Frank’s hot sauce

spice mix – 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne (I use a little less because I’m not a spicy, spicy person), salt

Put enough Frank’s in the bottom of crockpot to cover bottom.  Add drumsticks trying to put as many on the bottom as possible.  Sprinkle each layer with some of the spice mix.  Add the rest of the Frank’s.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  If I’m home, I like to scoop up some of the liquid and pour over the top about half way through.  You can also put them on a baking sheet when done and broil for a few minutes if you like a crispy leg.

big salad – Make a big salad, not just lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Throw some bell peppers, cauliflower (Save a few florets from the previous recipe and don’t roast.), broccoli (Save a few from the previous recipe…see where I’m going with this?), radishes, and whatever other raw veggies you like.  No store bought dressing!  Drizzle with some light tasting olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

 

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grilled steak – Just go grill a steak and don’t fret about it!

roasted carrots – Another veggie I used to only eat raw covered with ranch until now.  Use the previous recipe for sweet potato fries.  They will take a little bit longer to cook since they are a little more dense, but they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a fork.

cabbage and bacon – Thank you to my sister who introduced me to this one.  My mom used to make us eat steamed cabbage…blech…sorry Mom.  If you like steamed cabbage then go for it!  If not, this is a must try recipe!  Dice up some bacon, maybe 8 strips?  Throw in a pan and start browning.  While your bacon is cooking, slice up about half a head of cabbage.  I like mine in strips, not diced small.  When bacon is almost done (Not a science people, just guess.) throw in your cabbage.  It will look like a lot, but will wilt as it cooks.  Add pepper and continue cooking stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes.  Be careful about adding salt since the bacon is already a little salty.  I usually wait until it’s almost done and then taste adding salt if needed.

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grilled pork chops – You know what I’m gonna say.

green beans – Wait!  You said we couldn’t have beans!  Green beans are more pod than bean and most paleoers eat them.  If you want more information about it read this on The Paleo Mom’s website.  She specifically talks about green beans in the third paragraph from the bottom.  You can either buy fresh green beans and sauté them with some olive oil and almonds or just crack open a can like I usually do.  If I have time, I do like to simmer mine on the stove for a couple hours with some bacon grease or even bacon.  If not, into the microwave they go.

grilled or sautéed zucchini and/or yellow squash – Yet another veggie I never liked because everyone boils or cooks it to death and then it’s all squishy…blech!  Slice up one or both, sprinkle with your choice of spices and either grill it or sauté it in some bacon grease or olive oil.

There you have it!  Yes, I know it’s only 5 recipes and a week consists of 7 days, but have you ever heard of leftovers or ‘fend fer yerself night? I try to cook during the week and close the kitchen on the weekends.  If I’m lucky, my husband gets the cookin’ bug and cooks some amazing new meal while I sit back with my feet up on the weekend.  I do have a small family so regular portions like 6 pork chops work for us.  We each eat one and then have a few left over for lunch the next day or meals on the weekend.  You have a big family?  Just make more.  Grill 10 pork chops or make two roasts. Happy eating!

Pray, Cook & Move,

Connie

Psalms 18:1-50